Considerations on control for a tethered satellite system through angular momentum conservation

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Abstract

This study deals with orbital transfer of a tethered satellite system (TSS) on orbit. Dynamics of TSS is restricted to the angular momentum conservation law of the system around a planet. This constraint is not integrable (, that is called "nonholonomic constraint"), and the final state of TSS depends on a time history of the input. While previous works for orbital transfer mainly investigated dynamics of the system for specified time profiles of the tether-length, this study aims to make tether extension profiles to achieve some specified orbit. This paper, as a preliminary study, gives a brief overview of the previous works and investigates the fundamental property of the constraint based on the angular momentum conservation. Integrability and accessibility /controllability are analyzed and also numerically verified. For simplicity, TSS is modeled to a dumbbell-type satellite in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Astronautical Federation - 55th International Astronautical Congress 2004
Pages751-756
Number of pages6
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventInternational Astronautical Federation - 55th International Astronautical Congress 2004 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Oct 4 2004Oct 8 2004

Other

OtherInternational Astronautical Federation - 55th International Astronautical Congress 2004
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period10/4/0410/8/04

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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